BMW soups up X3 crossover with turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
Adding a new twin turbocharger to its 4-cylinder engine, BMW has made its 2013 X3 xDrive28i into a perfect blend of efficiency and power. The X3 sports activity vehicle (SAV) is a compact crossover SUV that is scheduled to reach American car leasing showrooms in May at a starting price of $37,995.
Engineers decided to replace the normally aspirated inline 6-cylinder engine in the previous version with the new turbocharged design as part of their EfficientDynamics strategy, the company said. BMW will also continue to sell its sibling, the X3 xDrive35i, at $43,595 for the base model.
Both cars will contain technology never before seen in the X3 line, such as an optional driver assistance package (ZDA) with lane departure warning. Another change is an expanded list of standard features, from a power tailgate to the fuel-saving auto start stop and driving dynamics control.
The heart of the upgrade is the new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, however, which uses its turbocharger to deliver 240 horsepower. The result is noticeably livelier power for more driving enjoyment and lower fuel consumption than its predecessor.
Without the twin turbos, designers could only have delivered that improved performance with a heavier, larger displacement engine, which would add to vehicle weight and increase fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.
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